vzaar makes it really easy to embed videos in your web pages, blogs, applications etc. so that the video is viewed "in-situ" on the page. Sometimes, you might wish to allow your viewers to download the video file (e.g. for offline viewing). Further you might wish to download your own videos for any one of a number of reasons and vzaar makes it possible for you to do both easily.
Allowing your viewers to download
There are two ways to allow your viewers to download. You can enable a download button in the player or you can give them a download link.
Download button in the player
Our Social Sharing settings:
allow you to enable a download button which will appear in the player:
Simply clicking the button starts the download. You can enable this setting globally (i.e. for all your videos) in your global settings or individually in the settings for a specific video.
If you look at the 'manage' page for any one of your videos, you'll see a lot of information about that video including a section entitled "advanced video links":
One of those links, indicated above, is "download video". Pasting that link into the address bar of your browser will start the video download. You can also include that link in the body of an email or add it to the layout of a web page in HTML by using it in an
<a href=""></a> link.
I get an error when I try to use the download link!
Does it look like this:
That's because you're using our Domain Control security feature to secure your content. When you use Domain Control, we'll only allow that link when it's embedded in one of your whitelisted domains. When you just paste the link into your browser, or click on it in, say, an email message, it's not embedded in your domain so we prevent the download.
You can obviously disable your Domain Control but that defeats the purpose of the feature. Better to use one of the other methods we offer to download the video.
Downloading your own videos
Downloading a single video
If you've allowed your viewers to download your videos, either by enabling the download button in the player or using the download link, you can use those methods to download your own videos. However, we've also added the ability to download videos when you are logged into your vzaar dashboard, right on the individual 'manage' pages for your videos. Just follow these steps:
- Log into your vzaar account and go to your 'videos' page (by clicking 'videos' in the green marquee at the top of the screen).
- Navigate to the 'manage' page for the video in question by clicking on 'manage' next to the video you want to download.
- Just below the video title you'll see "Content storage" and, just to the right of that, a small green arrow pointing down. Click the arrow to expand the section.
- You'll see the various renditions available for download - their file sizes will be green links. Choose which one you would like to download by clicking the green filesize link.
Note: If you would like to download the original source file you will need to enable Source Storage. The help document here explains how.
Downloading all videos at once
We don't yet have a feature built into the service which makes it easy to download all your videos at once but it can still be done using a third-party tool such as TabSave. Tools like these simply require a text list of download links and you can create such a list by massaging the data in your usage report on your statistics page:
Once you have downloaded your video, open it in Excel or some other spreadsheet:
You'll notice that there's a column called
deleted. We keep some historical data for your videos even after they're no longer active so you need to sort your sheet by that column so you're only looking at videos which are "Existing". Then you need to copy the IDs for just those existing videos to a separate column or maybe even a text editor.
The format for vzaar download links is always the same: http://view.vzaar.com/nnnnnnn/download where 'nnnnnnn' is the video ID. So you need to use your text editor or tool of your choice, to turn a list which looks like this:
1234111 1234112 1234113 1234114 1234115
into a list which looks like this:
http://view.vzaar.com/1234111/download http://view.vzaar.com/1234112/download http://view.vzaar.com/1234113/download http://view.vzaar.com/1234114/download http://view.vzaar.com/1234115/download
You can then use your download tool to automatically grab all of the videos in the list. If you're not sure about how to use find & replace to create the list of download links from the list of IDs, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you out.